Friday Review: The Thief Trap (Cloak Games #1) by Jonathan Moeller

My rating: 4 of 5 starsNadia Moran is a thief, and a very good one, at that. Her employer, an elven lord, keeps her in his service because Nadia's younger brother is victim of a rare disease that only the elves can cure. And if Nadia doesn't do what Morvillind wants, he will not give … Continue reading Friday Review: The Thief Trap (Cloak Games #1) by Jonathan Moeller

Friday Review: Living History by Hilary Rodham Clinton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars(Disclaimer: I like the Clintons. I think they have been subject to unrelenting scrutiny and dislike that I never understood. I am trying to be honest in this review despite that.)"Living History" is Hilary Clinton's autobiography covering her life from childhood through her husband's two terms as President of the … Continue reading Friday Review: Living History by Hilary Rodham Clinton

Friday Review: The Sorcerer’s Daughter (Defender’s of Shannara #3) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 starsThis third entry in the Defender's of Shannara trilogy finds Paxon Leah and Leofur Rai together again after their separation in the first two books. They are living at Paranor which allows Paxon to continue to function as the High Druid's Blade, protector of the order. Leofur is, well, not … Continue reading Friday Review: The Sorcerer’s Daughter (Defender’s of Shannara #3) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 starsJohn Perry just turned 75, so he did what any self-respecting 75-year-old would: he visited his wife's grave, and joined the army. Technically, he joined the Colonial Defense Force (CDF). In this Earth future universe, the CDF doesn't want young, inexperienced recruits. They want those with the knowledge, experience, and … Continue reading Friday Review: Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

Friday Review: Duck Duck Gator by Ken Wheaton

My rating: 4 of 5 starsNew York city boy and recent heart transplant recipient Tony Battaglia is a reality-TV editor for one of the hottest reality TV shows around, the Cajun Louisiana based "Gator Guys". When it becomes known that Tony's new heart belonged to a recently deceased cast member of the show, he finds … Continue reading Friday Review: Duck Duck Gator by Ken Wheaton

Friday Review: The Darkling Child (Defenders of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 starsSet five years after the first book in the Defenders trilogy, we find Paxon Leah more comfortable in his role as paladin of the Druid order. He has settled in to his life at Paranor and his duties to protect and defend the Druids from any and all danger. But … Continue reading Friday Review: The Darkling Child (Defenders of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: White Rose Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

My rating: 4 of 5 starsSet in WWII, White Rose Black Forest centers on Franka Gerber, a German woman who was arrested and imprisoned for belonging to a resistance group opposing the rising Nazi regime. She has been released and has returned to her family's summer cabin in the forest outside her hometown. She is … Continue reading Friday Review: White Rose Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

Friday Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

My rating: 4 of 5 starsBecoming is Michelle Obama's memoir/autobiography, covering her life from childhood through Barak's terms as President of the United States. It is a simple and powerful book about a woman who has had a somewhat blessed life but remains true to herself and her ideals and convictions.Michelle Obama comes from a … Continue reading Friday Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Friday Review: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this twisty thriller, Lisa Jewell weaves the lives of three people together in a web of secrecy and misconceptions. Owen Pick is in his thirties, never married, living in his aunt's house. He is dismissed from his teaching job after several students allege sexual misconduct. Desperate and alone, he … Continue reading Friday Review: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Friday Review: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this historical fantasy, Kay once again takes us on a journey through time. Fifteen-year-old Ned Marriner is in Aix-au-Provence with his celebrated photographer father. Edward Marriner is photographing local places for an upcoming book. While his father and his assistant, Melanie, are working on shooting the exterior of a … Continue reading Friday Review: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay